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Aston Villa’s loss to Brentford on Sunday will have frustrated Steven Gerrard after his side let a 1-0 lead slip into a 2-1 defeat. And the former Liverpool star has made his transfer plans for the winter period clear, but says despite the result that reinforcements are wanted but not necessary.
Reinforcements may not be key this season but will be paramount to Villa’s climb up the Premier League over the coming years if they are to challenge for European qualification spots once more.
The Midlands outfit have not enjoyed European football for 11 seasons now, since their Europa League play-off defeat against Rapid Vienna in 2010.
And incomings – alongside Steven Gerrard’s tactical nous – will be key to bringing the good times back to Villa Park.
“If we can get that done in January we will, as you will get that player for a longer period,” Gerrard said.
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“You get a quicker fix, if you like, in terms of the area you want to improve.
“If the player is right and the deal is right, we will try and execute but we won’t be silly or gung ho.
“I won’t be forceful or spoiled in terms of demand but it has to be right in terms of Aston Villa, first and foremost.”
However, that may be hard to achieve with results such as the defeat in west London yesterday.
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Gerrard acknowledged the poor defending which led to his side’s collapse, berating the manner of the goals conceded.
And the Liverpudlian claimed that it had to be fixed as soon as possible if good results are to be earned.
“Teams are finding it too easy to score goals, certainly over the last couple of games,” Gerrard declared.
“We need to put that right – sharpish. The second goal was too easy, a catalogue of errors and we were too passive. It’s not as if teams have to work hard to get a goal past us.
“They had three attacks today and scored two goals. That’s not good enough. I need to fix that, we need to fix that quickly.”
Villa currently sit 13th in the league, with just seven wins from 19 games.
They have won four and lost four of the eight games Gerrard has managed, although three of those losses were against the current top three in the league.
They face Manchester United on Monday evening in the FA Cup, in a bid to win silverware for the first time since 1995-96.
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